Illegal immigrant border crossings surge to highest level in nearly two years
The number of illegal immigrants crossing the southwestern border surged in April, reaching the highest point in nearly two years as Central American families and children traveling alone continued to test the Obama administration’s border controls.
More than 38,000 illegal immigrants were caught in April, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in new figures released Monday — the highest since July 2014, which was near the peak of the last surge that exposed massive holes in border and immigration policy.
Just a simple question: What precisely is it that the elected U.S. government officials are having such a problem with this matter. This is the easy version. They are referred to as “illegal immigrants;” consequently, because they entered the sovereign United States without permission. Why the negotiations? Why the diplomacy? It is far more like a drug deal or any other “deal” that goes wrong. Please try and act like you make decisions.
During the Cold War the then President John Kennedy ordered an island blockaded, then he made a phone call. The jist of the conversation, Get your missiles, boats, troops and other equipment out of Cuba or watch your fleet of missile carrying ships get destroyed.
But perhaps more worrisome is the spike in other illegal immigrants, who topped 27,000 for the first time in nearly two months, signaling that the problems at the border are not simply children and families fleeing violence back home, but also include the regular type of illegal immigrant traveling to the U.S. for work, and enticed by the promises of lax enforcement.
As bad as the new surge is, it’s still lower than the peak month of June of 2014, when more than 27,000 unaccompanied children and family “units” were caught.
In a statement, CBP acknowledged the new surge this year, but said efforts are being made to try to get a handle on the situation.
“We continue to work aggressively to address the underlying causes of this migration, to deter future increases, to further secure our border and ensure safe, orderly processing, and to support broader regional efforts to provide avenues for protection of vulnerable populations in Central America,” the border agency said.
The surge is not just growing — it’s also spreading. Western Texas and Arizona have seen massive increases in the number of illegal immigrant children and families.
Yuma County, Arizona, Sheriff Leon N. Wilmot said there are both push and pull factors drawing the surge of migrants into western Arizona.
“They’re coming across, they’re turning themselves in, and basically a lot of it has to do with the fact they’re obtaining the assistance with regards to when they’re released,” he said. (C’mon that’s Amnesty!)
He also said that migrants are looking for safer spaces to cross on the Mexican side of the border, and for whatever reason, the cartels are less violent in the region just south of Yuma than they are elsewhere.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson thought he had the surge licked last year, as numbers dropped. Overall, fiscal year 2015 saw the lowest number of illegal immigrants caught since the 1970s. The Border Patrol uses apprehensions as a yardstick for overall traffic, and believes fewer apprehensions means fewer people are trying to cross in the first place.
But apprehensions began to rise late last year, and Mr. Johnson has been forced to confront the issue again.
He’s already approved a series of raids designed to round up and deport Central Americans who came in the surge. An initial round of raids in January netted about 120 illegal immigrants — less than one-tenth of a percent of the total surge.
A new round of raids has been approved, and authorities hope it will send a signal to those in Central America not to try the crossing.